A young woman's financial problems continue through a troubled marriage to a gambler.

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Winnie Lightner ...
Georgine Hicks
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Wallace 'Wally' Dennis
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'Finky' Finkelwald
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Edna
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Martie Happ
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Elmer
Edward Van Sloan ...
Moffatt, the Boss
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Wedding Girl (scenes deleted)
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Mrs. Braddock (scenes deleted)
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Willie (scenes deleted)
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Dance Hall Plumber (scenes deleted)
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Messenger (scenes deleted)
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'Bus' Green works hard at her department but dreams of a better life. She falls hard for fast talking gambler Wally who showers her with gifts. They fight, she tosses him out but learns she's pregnant. Bus leans on her best friend Georgine. Written by rharlan58

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SHE WANTED LOVE THE WORST WAY, and she got it!

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12 March 1932 (USA)  »

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The $305 hospital bill Bus worries about would be the equivalent of $5,326 in 2016. See more »

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Near the start of the film there are brief glimpses of various store departments. In the plumbing department, Winnie Lightner is in the background perched on a sink. That makes no sense, as it is only later on in the story that her character is reassigned from hardware to plumbing. (One publicity still for the film is a close-up of Winnie on the sink, but there is no such scene in the movie. Probably a sequence involving Winnie in the plumbing department was deleted, but then Warners decided to use that opening shot figuring nobody would notice Winnie in the background.) See more »

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Georgine Hicks: Looks like I'll never get away from plumbing. Working there by day and scrubbing here at night. My life goes by in bathrooms.
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Singin' in the Bathtub
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Music by Michael Cleary
Played when Georgine is doing her washing in the tub
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odd title for an odd little film
7 February 2010 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Sometimes I think Warner Bros. named these early 30's films just as quickly and casually as they filmed them. There is nothing in this film about "play-girls". Also, although Winnie Lightner is top billed, this is really Loretta Young's picture. Loretta plays Buster Green, a salesgirl in a department store who wants to eventually become a store buyer. She wants no part of marriage and especially motherhood since her own mother died in childbirth. As they say, life is what happens when you are making plans. Buster falls for and marries the charming Wally Dennis, who claims he is a salesman but is actually a professional gambler. She doesn't find out until after they are married about the gambling, but Wally promises to get a real job. Months later, Buster finds out she is pregnant and only then finds out Wally didn't actually get a job like he promised he would - he is still gambling.

Loretta Young does the same wonderful job with this material that I have come to expect from her as she runs the gamut of emotions from hope to disappointment and from anger to terror, and she is one of two reasons to watch the film. The second reason are the antics of top-billed Winnie Lightner, who is actually playing in support here in this, the twilight of her film career. She plays Buster's best friend, roommate, and coworker prior to Buster's marriage. Her comic one-liners and facial expressions are priceless. If you know much about her rather short film career, one of the funniest moments in the movie is when she is scrubbing the apartment bathroom at night while the song "Singin in the Bathtub" plays in the background. That was the song she sang in the Warner Brothers all-talking revue in 1929 - "The Show of Shows" - when she was at the top of her game. Lightner is also quite good opposite Guy Kibbee, who plays the store assistant manager who loves her and won't let her work in any of the store departments where she might meet a man she likes better than him.


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